Associate Artistic Director



US State:


Contract type:

Salary range: $100,000- $130,000 + Benefits

TITLE:  Associate Artistic Director

STATUS: Full-Time, Year-RoundLOCATION: In-Person or Hybrid In-Person/Remote  (onsite work is required from June 1st to August 30th, with a 6-day work week during the Festival).

REPORTS TO: Executive and Artistic Director


SUPERVISES: Director of Preservation, Director of The School, Director of Community Engagement, Producing Director, Director of Technical Production.         

WORKS WITH: Deputy Director and all department heads.

COMPENSATION: $100,000- $130,000

BENEFITS: Health and dental insurance, FSA, 403B matching contribution, paid time off,  life insurance, short- and long-term disability, Employee Assistance Program, and housing options might be available.

SUMMER ONLY:  three meals a day, free access to classes, performances, talks, and studio usage.



Jacob’s Pillow seeks an Associate Artistic Director (AAD) to oversee the program portfolio which includes archives and preservation, audience engagement, community engagement, in person performances, artist residencies, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. This role will work closely with the Executive and Artistic Director to set the strategic direction of programming at the Pillow, and will be responsible for integrating programming areas operationally and strategically with an eye to achieving the organization’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) goals. 

The AAD will supervise the departments associated with programming and will work to understand their needs and support their advancement.  The AAD works to ensure that the goals of the departments under their supervision are in line with our strategic plan.  Over the next five years, work with the Executive and Artistic Director to facilitate the digital integration of the organization’s programming areas. The AAD will be a strong partner to colleagues in the field, bring progressive ideas back to the team, and challenge the organization to innovate and remain relevant in a changing world.  The AAD also serves on the curatorial team at Jacob’s Pillow, determining Festival and Pillow Lab artists.  Other members of the team are the Executive and Artistic Director, the  Associate Curators, and the team is supported by the Producing Director. The School, Archives, and Community Engagement have autonomy to determine artists/scholars who work in their programs but closely collaborate with artists/themes that surface in Festival planning. 



  • Ensure the highest level of programs and services meet the needs of a diverse set of constituencies
  • Integrate existing and new programming with great depth and integrity; outline and implement  programs that exist cross-departmentally
  • Identify and promote innovative programming that supports and challenges the status quo.
  • Be part of the overall curatorial team for the institution as well as for each programming department, serving as a sounding board, connector of ideas, and source of external ideas.
  • Lead cross-departmental programs, including Pillow Lab Residencies, National Dance Presenters Forum, and College Partnership Program.
  • Staff the Education Committee of the Board, attend Community Engagement Committee meetings and other committee meetings as assigned.

Reporting & Marketing

  • Work with program leaders to define, document, and report on programmatic impact, including monthly internal programming briefs.
  • Lead conversations about programmatic strategy.
  • Use quantitative skills to guide the program team's assessment of data about outputs and outcomes and lead program evaluation.
  • Work with the Chief Marketing Officer to tell the story of programs and with the Chief Philanthropy Officer to fund programs


  • Lead, manage, and inspire the programming departments.
  • Ensure internal role clarity and accountability and foster cross-departmental cooperation.
  • Translate organizational vision and strategy into executable program goals and long-range plans.
  • Utilize dynamic coaching styles to encourage growth and manage productive conflict.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.
  • Determine staffing plans to achieve program goals and objectives.

Budgeting & Finance

  • Work with leadership to ensure investments are sustainable and aligned with mission, vision, and values.
  • Foster a continuing culture of strategic decision-making around expenditures.
  • Play a key role in the annual budgeting process, ensuring future plans match money to the mission.
  • Monitor and report on program financials.
  • Ensure that programs have a sound financial strategy and financial systems and controls in place.
  • Support senior directors in achieving earned revenue goals.

External Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for Jacob’s Pillow and speak persuasively on our mission and vision in local, regional, and nationally prominent settings.
  • Listen carefully, speak persuasively, and anticipate concerns of all constituencies, including artists, audiences, alumni, community members, staff, and board.
  • Coordinate with Department heads in the cultivation of partnerships with higher learning. institutions and work with area cultural organizations on shared programming; represent the Pillow at local and regional gatherings.


  • Office setting: including sitting, standing, walking, and bending.
  • Frequent interruptions.
  • Working in inclement weather.
  • Working in outdoor wooded areas.


  • Masters degree or other equivalent professional experience in the arts or education field is required.
  • Minimum of ten years of leadership and work experience in a nonprofit arts organization overseeing multiple programs and people.
  • Knowledge of and experience in dance, music, the arts, community engagement, and education.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion and willingness to engage and empower staff at all levels of the organization
  • Strong management skills, an adaptable style to work collaboratively, and an enthusiasm for management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing, multicultural team in a structure that includes professional development and mentorship.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to help coach others to think strategically.
  • Proven ability to work in an evolving organization and make informed decisions in the context of strategic organizational goals and policies.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, and have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent critical thinking skills with the ability to effectively prioritize.
  • Strong relationship builder who can find common ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle confidential materials with discretion.
  • Experience managing and monitoring budgets.


Full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment for all staff, interns, and fellows. As of January 1, 2023, Jacob's Pillow considers a person to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 more than 2 weeks after having received a second booster shot, following a 2-dose series of a vaccine accepted by the World Health Organization. Please visit for more details on vaccines and our COVID policies for staff, artists, and audiences.



Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, is a year-round center for dance and home to America's longest-running international dance festival located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The Pillow encompasses the world-renowned international Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, presenting more than 50 dance companies and over 350 events each summer; The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; the Pillow Lab, a residency program that supports new choreography; growing Community Engagement programs that serve local school children, artists, and community members alike; rare and extensive dance Archives which chronicle more than a century of dance through photographs, videos, costumes, programs, and other documents, open to the public and available online at and at; and Apprenticeships, a Fellows Program, and an Internship Program that provide professional advancement and training opportunities.

It is with gratitude and humility that Jacob’s Pillow acknowledges that it rests on the ancestral homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok or Mohican people, who are the Indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today, their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

Jacob’s Pillow is committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, accessible, and equitable environment that cultivates the celebration of the art of dance and its positive impact on communities. Jacob’s Pillow’s mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. Organization-wide values include inclusion, leadership, integrity, flexibility, partnership, and sustainability. Learn more about Jacob’s Pillow, its mission statement, and its values here.

Jacob’s Pillow is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. Jacob’s Pillow provides equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employee for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.